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Saturday, May 12 - We would venture over to our second closest track to our house, the Grandview Speedway near Bechtelsville, which would be hosting two 358 modified features along with the sportsman and late models. Racing got underway at 7:39 with the rained out 30 lap 358 modified feature from May 5th. This would be the best feature of the night on the best possible racing surface. Brad Missimer took the lead in the early going and looked like a strong contender. He led until the 21st lap when Doug Manmiller finally caught and passed him on the backstretch. The cream was rising to the top as Manmiller started 13th and soon enough he had 16th starting Duane Howard and 15th starting Jeff Strunk trying to track him down. Manmiller was able to hold off all challengers to take the win with Howard finishing second, Strunk third with 14th starting Craig VonDohren wrestling fourth away from long time leader Missimer at the end. Terry Meitzler advanced from 20th to 6th in another fine run from the back and Chad Brachman claiming 10th.
The late models were first up for their heats but were waved to the infield so the track crew could rework the racing surface for the regularly scheduled program. Twenty minutes later the late models were underway with two heats for their 22 car field. The sportsman were 25 strong and ran three heats and the 358 modifieds ran four heats for their fine 42 car field. All heat racing was in the books by 9:30 and it was time for the second feature event on the card. It was not a masterpiece but Lou Egrie didn’t care as he scored his first late model win at Grandview since May 14th of 2004. It is always great to see a loyal runner win one after such a long dry spell. Two 358 modifieds consies followed and it was now 10:18 and time for another track manicuring session which doubled as intermission. It was promised to be short and 15 minutes fit that description. The second 30 lap 358 modified feature was waved off at 10:41 and it was a race to the inside groove, a phenomenon called running to the huggy pole. Passing would be at a great premium in this one as Addison Meitzler, son of Terry Meitzler, took advantage of his second starting position and was looking to be on his way to his second career win at the track on the hill. Misfortune found Meitzler on the backstetch when his right rear tire could not take the abrasive surface any longer and blew costing him the win. Meme DeSantis was handed the lead and the 10th starter did not refuse it as he raced to victory on the green, white and checkered sequence winning over Jarrad Miller, Kevin Hirthler, Mike Gular and 1st starting Cliff Quinn. The best run of the second feature was New York’s Chad Brachman moving from 26th to notch his second straight 10th place run. This one was in the books by 11:04 with the 20 lap sportsman feature still to go. Since there was no track left and it was getting late we decided to bag the sportsman for the second straight night and make the 45 minute drive back to Williams Township to wrap up the racing weekend.
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